at the Museum

Every year, the National Constitution Center hosts the best Constitution Day Celebration in the country.  We are the place to turn to help you commemorate that historic day while meeting your federal education requirements.  Join us at the museum for outstanding and engaging programs or use our fantastic on-line resources in your classroom..

Special Events

Flag Raising Ceremony and Preamble Challenge
9 A.M., Front Lawn
To kick off the day, visitors can join the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution for a patriotic flag raising ceremony and a live performance of the Star-Spangled Banner. To conclude the ceremony, National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen will lead students in a rousing reading of the Preamble of the Constitution.

Judge Chats: The Courts in the Community
10 A.M. – 1 P.M., Bank of America Family Theater
Students and teachers can attend one of these great sessions with real judges, where they will have the opportunity to speak with experts on the interpretation of law and about how the Constitution can affect everyday life.

*This program is open to student groups, and advanced reservations are required. Speak to a Group Sales Representative at 215-409-6800.

Student Town Hall: Meet the Presidents
10 A.M., 11 A.M, Feature Exhibit Gallery
Visitors can participate in a special Student Town Hall with some very famous guests –George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt—who will discuss what Constitution Day means to them.
*This program is open to student groups, and advanced reservations are required. Speak to a Group Sales Representative at 215-409-6800.

2019 Constitution Day Naturalization Ceremony
10:30 A.M., F.M. Kirby Auditorium
On Constitution Day, 50 immigrants from across the globe will take the Oath of Allegiance to officially become citizens of the United States. All of the new citizens will be given lifetime memberships to the National Constitution Center.
*Seating for this event is limited. Priority will be given to immigrants and their families.

The Constitution’s Birthday Celebration
12 P.M., Grand Hall Overlook
During the lunch hour, the museum offers cake (shaped and designed to look like the Constitution) and invites visitors to sing along to Happy Birthday and other favorite tunes to celebrate the anniversary of the Constitution’s signing. This celebration is complete with confetti and appearances by Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

 

Additional Student Programming

Constitution Day Live Blog
7 A.M. – 6 P.M., Google Lab
Visitors can also join us virtually as our team of constitutional experts chat live with students and teachers across the country, answering all of their Constitution Day questions!

Constitution Day Classroom Exchanges
8 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., Bogle
The National Constitution Center is piloting the first Classroom Exchanges on Constitution Day, September 17, 2018. Participating students will have the opportunity to engage in a Constitutional Conversation with their peers from around the country by answering fundamental questions about the United States Constitution. Teachers who are selected to participate will receive supporting materials, including videos and lesson plans, as well as appropriate scholarly content, to prepare for their virtual exchange on September 17.

Constitution Day Games and Arts and Crafts
9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., Front Lawn and Grand Hall Lobby and Overlook

Pass the Citizenship Test show
10:30 A.M. & 1 P.M., Grand Hall Overlook
Do you know what it takes to become an American citizen? During this engaging program, you’ll learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and gain insight into our country and our freedoms.

Separation of Powers show
11 A.M. & 1:30 P.M., Grand Hall Overlook
This high-energy show explores how our Constitution limits government by separating powers—a truly revolutionary idea! Take part in an educational tug-of-war game between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches while learning about checks and balances.

Bill of Rights show
11:30 A.M. & 2 P.M., Grand Hall Overlook
Who wants to be a “Bill”-ionaire? In the museum’s fast-paced game show, visitors face off in a fun competition testing their Bill of Rights knowledge while an engaging host reveals the real deal about our amendments and freedoms.

Shop for Materials

Pocket Constitution
Pocket Constitution
The Pocket United States Constitutions are 9-by-22 inches and fold into an approximately 3-by-3 inch square. Receive one FREE Classroom-Ready Resource when purchasing 150 or more Pocket Constitutions.
Constitution Day Kit
Constitution Day Kit
Everything you need for a Constitution Day lesson and activities. Comes with lesson plan, DVD, pocket constitutions and more!